There are some mucky, not fun things that every garden in Long Island needs in preparation for Spring, and I find March the best time to do them.
After two months of cold, March can bring that crazy snow storm one day, and the next day sun and 60 degrees. Suddenly you find yourself looking at the soggy thawing ground and beginning to dream of the April flowers that kick off the spring season.
So yes, this is the best time to get out and get your fertilizers and soil amendments in the ground! So where should we start?
Long Island Spring Gardening Tips for March – April:
- Get your organic manures and composts in the ground! Getting it in now will mean when the seedlings and starters go in they will be able to use all those wonderful nutrients that have broken down in the soil while we waited for the spring planting season.
- Feed your evergreens and trees! I believe organic fertilizers feed the best. I never use chemical fertilizers. A good acid based organic fertilizer for shrubs and organic fertilizers for trees will wake up your evergreens and deciduous trees, getting them ready for the growing season. Organics are slow release and feed as shrubs need them. Unlike the chemical fertilizers they force food into the shrubs and are not bound by high salt contents which damage the good bacterial in the soil.
- Remove winter protection burlap wraps. Remove tree and shrub coverings from figs and other shrubs by the second half of the month to help them see the sun and wake up
- For you lawn guys: its time for your crabgrass control to go down! Crabgrass germinates at a soil temperature of 50 degrees so getting it down this month will prevent that ugly grass from popping up this summer
Lets beat the gloom! Come on in to our garden center and grab some tulips, hyacinths and daffodils and pot up something pretty for your door step. It will brighten those gloomy and crazy March days! If you’re thinking of getting help with your landscaping, fill out our convenient landscape questionnaire or call us at 516-431-6821 and we’ll help you create a gorgeous outdoor living space. We can help you with all of your Spring gardening needs!